Monday, 26 February 2018

Jaws 2

So, last weekend I had a terrible experience with a Pike.  It was almost dark when the rod arched over.  After a fair bit of a tussle he was netted.  Then the trouble started.  It was those bloody treble hooks again.  Could I get them out.  Hell no.  The fish began bleeding from the gills.  It has happening just like last time.  I put him back in the net and allowed him some time before going at it again.  Eventually it came out but the fish was distress and knackered as was I.  I rested him in the net for a good 20 minutes in the dark.  Soon he gathered some strength and slowly swam off.

I mulled over this unfortunate event and decided to remove all trebles from all my lures.  Did it help?

Fast forward to this weekend.  it was cold, very cold but the Pike woke up in the late afternoon after nothing had happened for about 2 hours prior.  First one - came off the hook, second one - came off the hook, third one, came off the hook, forth one came off the hook, 5th one followed the lure to the bank, 6th one BAM.  Landed, photographed and back in all in about a minute.  In front of many interested starling spotters on the opposite bank.

7th one BAM!.  A nice fella indeed, probably 6-7lbs, a PB I reckon.  Again, he was out then back in.  So much better.  Even though I had lost 4(!) I was still really pleased.  A very enjoyable afternoon topped off by a very impressive Starling murmeration.

A single hook in those Jaws is the way to go...

Streamline - such awesome fish.  Jaws 1

A nice chunky Croc.  Jaws 2

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